Album Review

Jones, Joe – “S/T ” – [Unknown Label]

Max Level   1/26/2006   12-inch, A Library

Jones was a musician/composer/theorist, probably best known for his work with NY’s Fluxus movement in the 1960s-70s. He built mechanical orchestras consisting of instruments such as guitars, zithers, violins, and drums, that essentially played themselves in random fashion, via electric motors, wind, solar power, rubber bands, balls bouncing on them, etc. On this mysterious LP, there is no title, or any info on participants, performance date, or recording location. Only blank white labels on the LP itself. No idea who put it out. Anyway, it’s two side-long tracks, around 20 minutes each, which I’m guessing are two different sections of the same unidentified performance. A large ensemble of instruments rumble, roar, plink, and rattle, sometimes rhythmically and sometimes little more than a vague drone. I wish I knew more (or anything, actually) about who, when, and where, but that doesn’t stop me from thinking this is very cool material.

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